In the 4th quarter of the 2011 ODAC Championship game, Drew Manley intercepted a pass and assisted Richard Lachlan who buried another goal to make the score 12-10. When Roanoke went on to win the championship by that final score, I thought to myself, ‘This team deserves a documentary film.’
I had been filming during most of the games during the regular season. However, it was only after Roanoke won its 17th ODAC Championship that I understood the significance of the 2011 season with respect to the long history of the Roanoke College Men’s Lacrosse Team.
I did not know what message would be conveyed, or what should be filmed, but I just knew that I needed to keep filming the team. I was lucky enough to follow the team for their next three games as they solidified themselves as one of the most inspiring sports teams in the history of Roanoke College athletics.
After losing 15 seniors, 5 All-Americans (including their starting goalie), and two position players of the year at the end of the 2010 season, most lacrosse fans suspected that Roanoke would struggle during their 2011 season. However, it was this set of circumstances that provided the 2011 team with a chance to achieve something great.
Pulling together bits and pieces from game film, team interviews, and footage from the field, The Rebuilding Year was created to enshrine and honor the 2011 team for their accomplishments. When anyone watches this film they can remember the 2011 season, but more importantly they can remember what can be achieved when determination, hard work, and belief in one’s self are applied to a seemingly impossible task.
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